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This review is from: Born To Die (Audio CD)This is an amazing album. 48 hours ago I had never heard of Lana Del Rey...But when I saw the magnificient cover of "Born to die", I had to give it a try.
I was hoping against hope that she wasn't gonna be another Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, and she's not!
Definitly darker, deeper, Lana Del Rey leans more towards artists such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos or the under-rated Maria McKee (later period) with a hint of Amy Winehouse. A brilliant touch of modernity in the arrangements without ever falling into the cheap "dance" or "r'n'b" format, but rather staying in some sort of ambient style.
Overall, the album is very slow and dark (americana comes to mind), the stings arrangements are superb, it is a very atmospheric album, and Lana Del Rey displays a large range in her vocals, from deep "murder ballad"-like singing to bimbo-like whisperings (although not too much thank you!). Only four stars though, because some songs feel more like fillers than anything else and repeat the same scenario.
This is an artist I didn't expect at all, and I'm quite pleased to have heard and bought this cd!
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2012 23:33:19 BDT
Nice review, love the mention for Maria McKee. <3
In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 10:40:34 BDT
Phil On says:
Maria McKee is an amazing artist. I think her latest albums (High dive, Life is sweet, peddlin dreams and late december) are among the best releases of the past two decades.
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